Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


It's time again for Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the book they are reading this week. Or you can share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.

What other weekly blog events do you participate in besides Book Beginnings? I also play along with the Friday 56 (see below). I don't do any others on Fridays. I like Mailbox Monday, where participants share the books that came into their homes the prior week -- a show and tell type of thing. I used to do more, but it's all I can do to keep Book Beginnings going every week! But I'm interested to know what weekly events are out there these days.


The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms.
-- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This is one of my very favorite books. I didn't read it as a kid but I fell in love with it as an adult. 

WITW is one of the few books I've reread. My library had the audiobook edition narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame and it is terrific! I’ve since listened to it three times. It is my go-to whenever I need a morale boost.

This month I'm reading WITW with my eyes for the first time and it is just as wonderful. I'm taking part in a WITW real along on Instagram. I've never done an online read along and it's fun. 


Please link to your Book Beginning post in the box below and use the #bookbeginnings hashtag if you share on social media. 

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Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.


From Wind in the Willows:
The Rat looked very grave, and stood in deep thought for a minute or two. Then he re-entered the house, strapped a belt round his waist, shoved a brace of pistols into it, took up a stout cudgel that stood in a corner of the hall, and set off for the Wild Wood at a smart pace.
The anthropomorphization in WITW is the best there is! I laugh at all of it, especially when the animals do things like carry pistols, eat sausages, or as Ratty does in this scene, make their way "manfully" through the woods.  


  1. I love this book! Great excerpt.

  2. I read it as a kid and remember loving it. I should read it as an adult. Happy weekend!

  3. I remember enjoying The Wind in the Willows as a kid, although I do remember thinking it was a little slow. I wonder what I'd think of it as an adult.

  4. I first read The Wind in the Willows when I was about 12 and I loved it for its story and characters. When I re-read it as an adult I saw different things in it – the mysticism, the spirituality and the portrayal of human nature. It’s not just about animals messing about in boats on the river. It's a beautiful book.

  5. I love this story. I read the book a long time ago though. I actually saw the film before I read the book.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  6. This is an enjoyable book. Have a great weekend!

  7. I read this book when I was a kid. I don't remember liking it, though. Perhaps I should try again. My book is GOOD ENOUGH

  8. Must have walked upright to handle all that equipment.

  9. I've never read The Wind in the willows. Maybe I should rectify that


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